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sustaining program

noun
  1. a radio or television program without a commercial sponsor.
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Origin of sustaining program

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35
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British Dictionary definitions for sustaining program

sustaining program

noun
  1. US and Canadian a television or radio programme promoted by the broadcasting network or station itself and not by a commercial sponsor
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